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Hybrid Polymer/Nanoparticle Multi-Functional Optical Coatings

Sandia National Laboratories

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Two R&D Awards- 2007 & 2010
Two R&D Awards- 2007 & 2010

Technology Marketing SummaryHybrid polymer-nanocrystal optical coatings are a platform technology in the field of multilayered films, and are seen in a variety of consumer products. The methods currently used to manufacture and apply these coatings are complicated and require expensive techniques, such as sputter deposition and chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which both require the use of a vacuum for application.DescriptionThe hybrid polymer-nanocrystal coatings designed at Sandia National Labs employ nanotechnology, which involves the self assembly of polymers to form stable, nanostructured coatings with tailored optical and physical properties. For the first time the optical and chemical properties of superhydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings can be independently controlled during manufacture. These tailored properties include porosity, refractive index, hydrophobicity, and surface geometry. This unique capability of Sandia’s multifunctional coatings expands the potential applications into a variety of new markets.Benefits• Easy Application (spray, dip, spin-on, reel-to-reel)
• Can be Applied at Ambient Temperature and Pressure
• Based on Commercially Available Materials
• Can be Used on Large or Irregular Surfaces
Applications and Industries• Superhydrophobic/Hydrophillic Coatings
• Consumer Electronics
• Anti-Reflection/Custom Coatings for Solar Panels, Windsheilds, Lenses, etc.
• High Performance Glass and Ceramics
Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 8,288,001
Method of making monodisperse nanoparticles
A method of making particles of either spherical or cylindrical geometry with a characteristic diameter less than 50 nanometers by mixing at least one structure directing agent dissolved in a solvent with at least one amphiphilic block copolymer dissolved in a solvent to make a solution containing particles, where the particles can be subsequently separated and dispersed in a solvent of choice.
Sandia National Laboratories 10/16/2012
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
US Patents Pending - SD#s 11306, 11677, 11923Prototype - Sandia estimates this technology at a TRL 4: Key concepts have been validated in the laboratory environment. Available - Various License and partnering options are available. Please contact the Intellectual Property department to discuss. 12/01/201103/19/2013

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